Nepeta racemosa

Nepeta racemosa Walkers Low

Nepeta - often known as catmint - is a plant that I have seem to have always grown. It is a vestige of my cottage garden years but has remained in my garden because it does well in Sydney's climate and is one of the plants I use to soften my brick walls by growing it at the edge and allowing it to spill over. There are various cultivars, but the one I grow is called 'Walker's Low' (ht 40 cm). It has lovely mauve flowers and pungent-smelling foliage, which has a silvery-grey hue. It loves sun and copes with dryness well. I cut it all back in autumn and it will regrow in early spring, flowering from mid-spring until autumn. Nepeta belongs to the Lamiaceae family of plants. This species comes from Caucasus, Tukey and Iran. Propagation is by division.

Flowers in October, November, December.

 Out now in my Sydney Garden.